There has been a sad trend on social media over the past 48 hours, and I feel I have to speak out, so that you don’t fall foul of it. Many people are grieving, shocked and saddened by the referendum result, especially now that they are seeing the true consequences of the UK’s choice. And they are expressing it – usually with dignity – on social media.
But they are being slapped around the face with a virtual wet kipper by those who should know better, being told that they ‘have to be positive’ and ‘look to the future’.
This needs to stop.
If you have hung around with me for a while, you’ll know I’m a hugely positive person. I’ve published a best-selling gratitude journal. I teach people how to meditate their way to inner peace, how to tame their inner critic and how set themselves free from feeling like a victim, releasing their hidden blocks, so they can make a bigger difference in the world. I’ve volunteered as co-founder of the EU VAT Action Campaign for the past 18 months and helped to change the way the UK government and EU Commission work with micro businesses. I’m kinda the queen of taking inspired action.
So the last thing I would ever do is to encourage people to wallow and whinge.
But when something as major as the EU referendum result happens, telling people to stop feeling sad – in the first few days – is not helpful. In fact, it can be damaging.